Pumphrey’s Coffee of Newcastle hosted the 2012 UK Barista Championships Northern Heat at the Life Science Centre on Friday 17th February, filling the event with local baristas (8 out of the 14 who competed live or work in Newcastle) and even attracted spectators from Scotland.
Both Sky News Tyne and Wear and the BBC covered the event
Sky Tyne and Wear <- click to view a short Sky video featurng Chris Killen, Stuart Lee Archer and the UKBC Judges
Gordon Howell, of The Attic (at Harlequin Coffee and Tea House – York) was the winner of this hotly contested heat, followed closely by Stuart Archer of Pumphrey’s Coffee, and Steven Dyson of Spring Espresso .
In a break from tradition, the winner of Best Espresso (Gordon Howell), Best Cappuccino (Joe Meagher) and Best Signature Drink (Tom Booth) went to 3 different baristas.
Gordon Howell is a 4th time entrant in the UK Barista Championships and first competed the last time that the Northern Heat was held in Newcastle.
Gordon used Has Bean’s “Jailbreak” coffee during his performance, serving it in all 3 drink categories. For his signature drink he deconstructed the blend to highlight each coffee’s characteristics by preparing the coffee’s individually as a pourover or aeropress, giving the judges a total sensory experience with aromas and taste coming together right at the end by folding these ingredients into the espresso.
Without the help of volunteers an event of this size could not run as smoothly as it did, and both competitors, sponsors and exhibitors have been in touch to express their gratitude to all those who helped.
Photographs from Newcastle based barista, Rob Sharpe, will be available to view on the SCAE UK Flickr site
Now that we have the scores from the first 3 heats the Top 20 Barista Leaderboard will be published. Check back soon to view the leaderboard.
We are now building towards the next event – the UK Coffee Events Latte Art, Coffee in Good Spirits and Cezve/Ibrik competitions, collective taking place at Hotelympia on 29Feb and 01 Mar.
- Registration (free) is required on the Hotelympia website http://www.hotelympia.com/
- Places are still available and entry is open until the 25th Feb. Visit the SCAE UK Competitons page to view the rules and download an entry form
- The hashtag on Twitter for these events is #ukce
The next UKBC Heat takes place on Saturday March 3rd in Norwich, hosted by Mad About Coffee. Follow the build up using #ukbcht4